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US Senator Bob Corker walks inside the US Capitol in Washington, in this picture taken on April 15, 2015. REUTERS/James Lawler Duggan

Senator Corker’s visit to Venezuela could send a positive signal that the US Congress will defend democracy, freedom of expression, and economic liberty, rather than seek to normalize ties with a criminal regime that is abusing the Venezuelan people.

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U.S. President Barack Obama and Brazil President Dilma Rousseff tour the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial with a National Park Ranger in Washington June 29, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

President Obama welcomes his Brazilian counterpart Dilma Rousseff to Washington in the wake of bad news back home, wrought by statist policies that have smothered the country’s potential.

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The Obama administration has largely ignored Latin American relations, indifferent to the economic decline and instability in several countries, but it’s not too late to proactively support free-market exchanges and restore productive relations within the hemisphere.

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Fuel pumps are seen at a Pemex gas station in Mexico City, January 13, 2015. Picture taken January 13, 2015.      REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

Peña Nieto and his team must demonstrate now whether his administration wants to build a new Pemex or another Petrobras.

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Covering a defense story today? Here’s the latest from the experts on the AEI defense team.

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It is tragic that the leaders of neighboring Latin American and the Caribbean nations have chosen to ignore the very real and very dangerous turmoil in Venezuela. US policymakers may finally recognize that they do not have that option.

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The results of Sunday’s elections in Mexico mean that PRI bosses may begin to flex their political muscle independently of the corruption-ridden president and preparing to ensure election of his successor.

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Shady deals between Ollanta Humala and Venezuela have caused outrage against the already unpopular Peruvian president.

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Colombian soldiers carry the weapons of comrades killed after a rebel attack in La Esperanza village, April 15, 2015. Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos ordered the resumption of bombing raids against FARC rebels on Wednesday after an attack he blamed on the group killed 10 soldiers, a move that will intensify combat after efforts to cool tensions.  REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga - RTR4XIFR

Escalating violence between government troops and the FARC casts doubt on ongoing peace negotiations in Colombia.

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